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HUNTERDON COUNTY

DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION
DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND LAND USE

Volunteer Opportunities

For additional information on all programs and events, contact the
Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation at 908-782-1158 or via email at: parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us 

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*Note the times listed are the event times; volunteer shifts may begin before the event and end after the event.

 

EVENTS

Maple Sugaring Living History – (Saturday, March 12, 2016 open house / 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM / Echo Hill) (March 9, 10, & 11 school & group field trips / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / Echo Hill) During the event, cook and serve pancakes and talk about maple products.  Play a station character: the naturalist, the Native American, the frontiersman, or the evaporator tender.  Script provided!  February weekdays, help collect sap.  Please contact Laura Kroon Bush at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Earth Day Volunteers – (Friday April 22, 2016 / 6:00 – 9:00 PM, and Saturday, April 23 / 10:30 - 4:30 PM / Echo Hill) Volunteers are needed to run crafts and take photographs.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Spring Volunteer Day – (Saturday, May 7, 2016 / 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM / Musconetcong Mountain / ages 12 through adult) The County recently acquired a new parcel that connects to Musconetcong Mountain Preserve on Ellis Road in Holland Township.  Help us create a new trail through this property to open it up for hiking.  Volunteers may bring their own loppers and gloves, but we will also have tools available.  Through generous donations, volunteers will enjoy a light breakfast and full lunch.  Please contact Laura Kroon Bush at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series – (Thursdays, June 30 through August 18, 2016 / 7:00 to 9:00 PM / Deer Path Park) Help County Rangers park cars.  Assist manager with concert tasks.  Please contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

4H & Agricultural Fair – (Wednesday through Sunday, August 24-28, 2016 / South County Park) Volunteers needed to run the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation information booth.  (Wednesday through Sunday, three- or four- hour shifts available from 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM weekdays, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday, or 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday.  Please contact Carol Bodder at (908) 782-1158 or parks@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Public Lands Day – (Saturday, September 17, 2016 / 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM /Wescott Preserve / ages 12 through adult) This year for Public Lands Day we will make repairs to the Wescott Trail at Wescott Preserve, the first Hunterdon County park.  The group will work on the water bars and drainage for the trail.  We will provide a continental breakfast and full lunch after the event.  Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.  Bring any safety gear you want.  Gloves, safety glasses, and tools will be provided.  Individuals and groups who would like to volunteer for Public Lands Day or receive more information should contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Touch-a-Truck Day(Saturday, November 5, 2016 / 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM / Deer Path Park) We need cool vehicle owners to bring their cool vehicles to share with the general public.  Many volunteers are needed for a variety of positions throughout the day—parking, greeters, hospitality, vehicle babysitting, lunch break help, attendee clicker, setup/cleanup.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Nature Club Assistant – (winter, spring, and fall at Echo Hill) Assist Park Naturalist with group of ten children ages 3 through 10 as they do nature activities.  Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00 AM, 1:00 - 2:30 PM, and 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Must be willing to commit to at least one of the time slots for an entire 8-week session.  Winter session runs January 12 – March 1 at Echo Hill.  Spring session is April 5 – May 24.  Fall dates TBA.  Please contact Laura Kroon Bush at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Spring Break Camp – (Wednesday and Thursday, March 30 and 31 / 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM / Echo Hill) Assist Park Naturalists with a one-day nature camp for kindergartners through fifth graders.  We will cover camp favorites such as shelter building, catching insects, and a campfire.  Volunteers can assist with one or both days.  Please contact Laura Kroon Bush at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Basketry Workshop – (winter, spring, and fall / Arboretum) Assist basket instructor with large groups, prepare material, set-up, and teach basketry.  Most programs run weekdays 6:00 - 10:00 PM, but some are on Saturdays or weekdays during the day.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Canoe Program – Assist canoe leader staff with canoe trips and clinics.  Includes loading equipment, assisting participants, loading and unloading canoes.  Some experience necessary.  Please contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Your Program – Share your knowledge, abilities, and/or experiences.  Would you like to offer a program to your community?  Call us at (908) 782-1158!  For recreation/craft programs, email Liz Fulmer at lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.  For nature/interpretive programs, email Tom Sheppard at tsheppard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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SUMMER CAMPS

Craft Camp Assistant – (June 27 – July 1 / 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM / Arboretum) Assistant to counselor, helping with material preparation, set-up, and instruction of a multitude of crafts, using a multitude of media.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Creative Theatre Camp Assistant – (August 22 - 26 / 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM and Friday until 4:00 PM / Echo Hill) Assistant to counselor.  Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Garden Camp Assistant – (August 1 - 5 / 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM / Arboretum) We are looking for a volunteer who likes working with children and the earth.  Please contact Jason Strauss at (908) 782-1158.

Performance Camp Counselors-in-Training (CIT) – (July 11 – 15 or July 25 - 29 / 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Friday until 7:00 PM / Deer Path Park) A volunteer opportunity for teens entering 9th through 12th grades.  CITs can volunteer for one week.  A great opportunity for on-the-job-experience and a boost for your résumé.  CITs must attend a training session on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00 - 9:30 PM and will be offered an opportunity to take a CPR class.  To apply: submit an Individual Volunteer Application with attached recommendation from a teacher or employer.  You can pick up an application at the Arboretum or from our website www.co.hunterdon.nj.us (Click on “Volunteer Opportunities.”) Please contact Liz Fulmer at (908) 782-1158 or lfulmer@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Summer Nature Program Counselors-in-Training (CIT) – A volunteer opportunity for teens entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.  We will select several Counselors-in-Training for each of our two Summer Nature Camp sites (Echo Hill and Teetertown).  Have fun outdoors while building your résumé.  CITs are required to attend an evening training session Thursday, June 2 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Arboretum.  CITs will work Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, and must be able to commit to two weeks during the camp season (camp runs June 27 to August 19, 2016).  To apply: Submit an Individual Volunteer Application with a letter of recommendation from a teacher or employer.  Applications available at the Arboretum or on our web site www.co.hunterdon.nj.us (click on “Volunteer Opportunities.”)  Please contact Laura Kroon Bush at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.  

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MONITORING AND MAINTENANCE PROJECTS

Scout Groups – The Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation accepts the kindness of scout groups looking to offer community service, including those scouts working on Eagle or Gold projects.  Please contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Adopt-a-Trail Program – We have formed an Adopt-a-Trail Program to help keep our parks clean, safe, and ready for use by everyone.  In order to accomplish this, we are seeking citizen volunteers and/or volunteer organizations (scout troops, civic organizations, etc.) to adopt a specific trail and to agree to periodically walk and inspect the trail.  Volunteers will walk the trail at least once a month for ten months of the year, conduct litter clean-up, remove debris, do minor shrub and vine pruning, and report any need for additional work that may have to be performed by the County (such as fallen tree removal).  So if you love nature and enjoy working outside, please join the Adopt-a-Trail program.  To sign up, contact Patrick Eckard at (908) 782-1158 or peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Garden Maintenance – Care for our Arboretum gardens.  Please contact Jason Strauss at (908) 782-1158.

Bluebird House Monitoring – We are seeking volunteers to monitor bluebird houses in the County Parks. Includes checking for nesting success at the end of the nesting season, as well as cleaning out old nests and repairing or reinstalling houses that fall down.  Please contact Laura Kroon Bush at (908) 782-1158 or lkroon@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Survey Project – We are seeking volunteers to walk one of our parks twice a month to record what species they see each time, whether it is plants, fungi, mammals, birds, insects, etc.  Volunteers do not need to be an expert on all nature topics; however, they should have a basic knowledge of at least one of the categories of plants or animals.  We are building a database of all species living in our parks from volunteer and employee observations.  Please contact Tom Sheppard at (908) 782-1158 or tsheppard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Data Entry – Occasionally we may seek volunteers to enter programs and events into our online calendar or other methods of press, or to do other office work.  Please contact Margaret Conroy at (908) 782-1158 or mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

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